tv U.S. House Legislative Business CSPAN June 23, 2015 6:30pm-8:01pm EDT
>> as we wait for the house to come back momentarily, we'll remind you on the next "washington journal" tomorrow morning at 7:00, we'll get an update on the senate procedural vote that would give the president fast track authority for trade deals and the upcoming supreme court decision on health care subsidies. our guests will be david hawkings of c.q. roll call. also congressman glenn thompson and congresswoman lois frankel co-chair of the congressional art competition. we're going to talk to them about the contest and other issues in front of congress this week. and later, as part of our spotlight on magazine series, david graham of the atlantic talks about his article on the council of conservative citizens which he calls a white supremacist organization. "washington journal" live every morning at 1k7 right here on c-span and you can join -- 7:00 right here on see spanned and you can join the conversation by phone, facebook or twitter. three votes coming up this evening in the house. the first one, abolishing the medicare independent payment
advisory board. the second one we understand will be about the commerce department's oversight of domain names and the third vote tonight, the toxic substance control act that would be an update, which would update that law which regulates the manufacturer importation and processing of chemicals. the bill designed to strengthen the e.p.a.'s ability to see evaluate and regulate potentially hazardous chemicals. the house back in just a moment and our live coverage will be right here on c-span.
the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause rule of 8 rule 20, questions will resume. votes will be taken in the following order, passage of h.r. 11 0 and h.r. 805 and h.r. 2076. the first vote is a 15-minute vote. the remaining votes will be five-minute votes. the yeas and nays and nays are ordered. the clerk: union calendar, h.r. 1190, a bill to repeal the provisions of the affordable care act providing for the independent payment advisory board. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the passage of the bill. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a 15-minute vet -- vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the
>> mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to speak out of order. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. sanford: mr. speaker, in a moment i'll request a moment of sigh lenls. before i do, i stand here with other members of the south carolina delegation save our colleague jim clyburn who right now is back home visiting with the grieved families on the coast of south carolina. and many of us like senator
scott and others, will be going back during this week to visit with those same families. i'm joined as well by members of the black caucus and members of this body who have been deeply shaken by the events of this last week in charleston, south carolina. i rise with this group on behalf of the nine families who have been impacted back home, on behalf of the people of the first district of south carolina, and on behalf of the people of south carolina who have shown a whole lot of heart and a whole lot of love here over the last week. i say this because less than a week ago, as we all know, a young man with incomprehensible malice came into the mother a.m. church and did the unthinkable, as he joined the bible study and he gunned down nine of the members, the
parishioners there at church. but fortunately our story doesn't end there. because the family members of the victims also did the unthinkable. i say that because they're at the bond at the bond hearing they did the imaginable in showing human grace, reflecting god's grace, not repaying evil with evil, the bond hearing, the first family comes up and says, i mean, incomprehensible pain but i forgive you. next family comes up, incredible pain, but i forgive you. and those are the words that were repeated by each of the nine families.
i forgive you. that set the stage in charleston for a level of community that i have never seen in my life and amazing things done at the church and community at large. we all stand here to remember the names of the nine victims and pause for a. would you all stand for a moment. the reverend pinck nmp ey, cynthia hurd, cynthia singleton. the reverend daniels, the reverend middleton and suesey jackson. would you join us in a moment of silence.
the speaker pro tempore: without objection. five-minute voting will continue. unfinished business is the vote on the motion of the the gentleman from from illinois, mr. shimkus to pass h.r. 805 as amended on which yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 805 a bill to prohibit the national telecommunications and national information from relinquishing until the controller general of the united states submits a report on the ncla with respect to such systems. the speaker pro tempore: will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill as amended.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. burgess: mr. speaker, i send to the desk a privileged report from the committee -- for the committee on rules for filing under the rule. the clerk: trorp accompany house resolution 333rks resolution providing for consideration of the bill h.r. 2822 making appropriations for the department of the interior, environment and related agencies for the fiscal year ending september 30, 2016, and for other purposes. providing for consideration of the bill h.r. 2042, to allow for judicial review of any final rule addressing carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired electric utility-generating units before requiring compliance with such rule and to allow states to
protect households and businesses from significant adverse effects on electricity rate payers or reliability and providing for consideration -- for proceedings during the period from june 26, 2015, through july 6 2015. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar and ordered printed. it's chair will now entertain requests for one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota seek recognition? the gentleman is correct. the house is not in order.
members and staff will please take your conversations off the floor and clear the well. members and staff will take their conversations off the floor and clear the house well. without objection, the gentleman from minnesota is recognized for one minute. mr. paulsen: mr. speaker, behind every man and woman in uniform serving our country are family members, husbands wifes, mothers fathers, brothers sisters, sons daughters and other family members who make sacrifices as members of military families. recently i attended the dedication of a new minnesota military family tribute that's now part of the capitol mall area in minnesota at our state
capitol. it's built entirely with private donations. it commemorates the military gold star families, blue star families and families of our veterans. this memorial is the first of its kind in the country and it recognizes the military family members that do so much to support our service men and women and our veterans. being a member of a military family comes with many sacrifices. it means many sleepless nights during deployment, it means unexpected moves around the country and serving as the front line resource when our soldiers transition into a new life. every military family does this proudly. mr. speaker, i commend bill and terry pop and everyone who have worked so hard to make this tribute recognizing our military families possible. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? mr. johnson: to address this body for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. when i get my poster board. the speaker pro tempore:
without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. johnson: mr. speaker i rise in support of re-authorization of the export-import bank before its charter expires on june 30. in fiscal year 2014 alone the ex-im bank supported $27.4 billion worth of u.s. exports with $10.7 billion of that total representing exports from small businesses. additionally 90% of all ex-im transactions directly supported small business and more than 163,000 american jobs. that's why 180 democrats signed a discharge petition to force a vote on this important issue. despite this data, some republicans wrongly think the ex-im bank represents crony
capitalism that should be ended. for those members i'll leave you with this, men lie, women lie, but numbers don't lie. re-authorize the ex-im bank and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from indiana seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i rise to address this body for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker i rise today to discuss the importance of a simple modification to our tax code that will greatly support the consumer-driven growth of natural gas in the transportation sector. today's abundant and domestically produced natural gas is an increasingly important fuel to our transportation secter from small passenger vehicles in my home state of indiana to container ships that transport goods from america's heartland to overseas markets. mr. young: now our tax code still is taxing cars and trucks that run on natural gas at a
higher rate than their diesel equivalent because the is it tax was instituted years ago when our energy picture looked vastly different. we need to correct this disparity. it's a simple fix and just one example of how congress can create a more level playing field while diversifying our energy mix. i urge my colleagues to work with me on this matter and i yield the floor. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. tonko: thank you mr. speaker. last week pope francis echoed the chorus of 97% of climate scientists whose findings prove that climate change is real and is manmade and climate change has pot tension to destroy the only planet we have. let me say that again. climate change is real, it is manmade and it can reverse all the progress we've made as a nation. pope frances frames the reality of climate change in a way that
we must consider if we are to protect our environment as directed by our creator for future generations, future economic development and future progress. the leader of the catholic church accurately points out that it is a moral imperative to act on climate change. it is a moral imperative to act as a good steward of the environment and the gifts we have been given. i thank pope frances and i -- pope francis and i hope the words he said last week will ring true with all of us. i hope the pope's incyclical will encourage deniers to work with us to find creative ways to clean up our environment, help create jobs and make our world just a little bit better for our kids and grandkids with that i thank you mr. speaker, and -- grandkids. with that i thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. poe: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman voiced for one minute -- is recognized for one minute. mr. poe: mr. speaker the roman
empire was notorious in its massacre of christians 2,000 years ago. now christians are once again facing deadly persecution. barbaric terrorist groups like isis are stalking and attacking christians wherever they find them. christians are disappearing and some are fleeing countries like syria and iraq. homes to christians since the days of early christianity. isis boasts of brutally killing and enslaving thousands of christians. there are more and more reports of isis sex trafficking of young girls that are stolen away from their christian parents. isis even posts videos online of their barbaric beheading of christians. why the hate? kidnapping and murder? because christians will not renounce their christian faith. the world and the united states in particular need to denounce the murder of people based on their religious beliefs. whether christian, jews or muslims. we cannot accept nor tolerate isis genocide of christians. justice demands isis be held accountable for their crimes of
religious cleansing. and that's just the way it is. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you mr. speaker. many of my colleagues on the house floor today may not know that june is national dairy month. as a dairy farmer myself i believe this month is a perfect exuent to recognize how important the -- opportunity to recognize how important the dairy industry is to the central valley. dairy is the number one agriculture business in 10 states including idaho new york and wisconsin. however, my home state of california is the biggest dairy producer in the country and is responsible for 21.3% of the u.s. milk supply. mr. valadao: my own district, california 21, produces the most darey of any congressional district in the nation -- dairy of any congressional district in the nation.
however dairy isn't just important to farmers. not only do americans consume at least two cuts of dairy products each day, each and every day, but americans -- america's dairy industry is important to our nation's agriculture, market and our entire economy. dairy farms across the country improve our national economy. the u.s. dairy industry creates an estimated $140 billion in economic output. $29 billion in household earnings. and is responsible for creating more than 900,000 jobs. so this summer when you stop for ice cream on a hot night or a bowl of serial or a rushed morning, remember -- cereal on a rushed morning, remember the hardworking americans who brought dairy to your grocery store. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from north carolina seek recognition? ms. foxx: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. last month a global leader in products that enhance energy
efficiency productivity and operations for its customers celebrated the 50th anniversary of its north carolina plant. open in 1965, the plant began machining, rotary components for air compressers. throughout the years the workers have manufactured assemblies and components for a number of products within the portfolio. within the last six years the plant has experienced tremendous growth as select assembly operations for train and equipment were moved to the plant. during difficult economic times, these jobs have strengthened the local economy. the company's major investment in a tribute to the area's skilled work force, men and women who are dedicated to producing the best products in the world. congratulations to everyone there as you celebrate this significant milestone. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina
seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman voiced for one minute -- is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today in full support of south carolina governor's call to remove the con federate battle flag from the south carolina state house grounds. and north carolina's governor to discontinue the flag licensed plates. as one who grew up in the south, mr. speaker and a proud north carolinian, i fully understand that to many the con federate flag represents history -- confed rat flag represents history and -- con fedrate flag represents history -- confederate flag represents history. however, this is also a symbol of hate and causes immense pain for many of our citizens. pitt pitt yes, our brothers and sister -- mr. pittenger: yes, our brothers and sisters. the apostle paul writes let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.
do not destroy the work of god for the sake of food. or might i add, a flag. let us be proud of our heritage and let us give our descendents reason to be proud of our proper and thoughtful works today. thank you and i yield back. . >> request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. thompson: mr. speaker, it is with a heavy heart that i celebrate the life of michael james sullivan. michael passed away on june 14, 2015 after a battle of lieu engineering ig's disease and he was determined not to death the disease control his life. this hope encouraged him to be
an advocate. mike encouraged others and their families to be strong and resilient. his upbeat personality was to take every opportunity. he was a visitor to my office and remained upbeat. even in the face of a horribly dell bit tating disease. we can learn from michael. his family and friends are blessed to have known an honorable man, i quote, one day together we can create a world without a.l.s. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i'm pleased that the house
showed leadership tonight in passing to preserve senior's access. the ipab board was going too be problematic and it's going to be a important tool. unelected board trying to make medicare spending decisions which would be shifting power to washington, d.c., away from that doctor-patient relationship where it should be. we want to talk about savings in the medical field. and we need to talk about and achieving cost cutting, reduction of unnecessary costs of delivering health care litigation, time that it takes to bring miracle pharmaceuticals to market. these are what we need to be
doing. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair lays before the house the following personal requests. the clerk: leaves of absence requested for mr. clyburn of south carolina for june 23-june 26, ms. jackson lee of texas for today, mr. jeffries for today and mrs. mrs. napolitano: for today and the balance of the week. mr. russell of oklahoma for today. and mrs. wagner of missouri for today. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the requests are granted. under the speaker's announced policy of january , 2015, the gentleman from california mr. garamendi is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the minority leader.
gar i ask unanimous consent that all members have five days to revise and extend their remarks on the special order. i was just looking outside the nation's capitol wf before i came in to make this presentation and it is raining and it's a downpour. for those of us from california, it's been a long time since we have seen a downpour. the golden state, the seff vent largest combhi in the world is
in the th rmp oes of a historic drought and it is a world of hurt in california. we are not complaining about the economy. many parts are moving along. but for everyone in the state of california whether you are near mount shasta or in the san diego area, we are hurting. a lot of falk. water restrictions are taking place in every city, whether you are on the coast up in the north or in the far south ofla guneave beach. wherever you happen to be, these restrictions are tightening up on the ability of communities to prosper, to grow, to keep their lawns green but more important, to live there. in some parts of the fresno area, there are communities that are out of water.
maybe 10,000 people, virtually, no water at all. now, this is a problem of today. as we look to the future, we are going go to see the population grow and the demand for water will ever increase unless we do something. and what we must do is develop a water plan for all of california. unfortunately, what we do most of the time in california is to fight over water. the famous saying from mark twain is whiskey is for drinking water is for drinking. up here in the mother lode region, couldn't mine without water and fighting over that water was the order of the day and it is today. as this entire state and nevada,
southern oregon, utah, number and western parts of texas suffer through this historic drought, we take to fighting in california. i want to spend a few moments talking about what we must do immediately and a long-term solution for the state of california. immediate. we are going to have to seek help. the state of california is using some bond money from previous bond acts and and to immediately try to fix problems that exist in those communities without water. and that money will flow to those communities wherever they happen to be, in the sacramento valley and further down in the san joaquin valley. the deserts have been without
water, but this isn't not new. the bond act can provide immediate act. but the rest of the short-term solutions will come from washington. i want to thank the administration for providing some $110 million for a variety of projects. some of those are to dig deeper wells for ways to improve the conservation and set about other programs that are short-term in nature, all to the good, and that should continue. in the days ahead, we will take up the appropriation bills for water and in that appropriation bill, we should direct the administration to do what it's doing and continue to do it throughout this drought and focus those resources on the immediate drought whether it's aid for ranchers for cities and
farmers and needs to be done. and should line up with the last november ballot, short-term and long-term. the federal government supports those projects that would be funded. overwhelming majority. but i would like to talk about the long-term here, because droughts will come and go, and we must be prepared, not only in california but across the west. the department of water resources in california for many years has looked at the problem and made many suggestions but until four years ago those suggestions weren't put together in a comprehensive plan. i'm a water warrior in california ash than i represented this for 40 years.
put up another map so you can get another look at it. the plans put together by the department of water resources. the sacramento river flows south and the san joaquin river that flows north. these are the two great rivers of california, together with the colorado, which is way to the south. it closed into an area here which is called the sacramento-san joaquin delta. the largest on the west coast, from subcommittee to chile there is no estuary that is no important to the fish and species of all kinds and to the environment and economy of california. and from the san joaquin river, it is pumped south and over to
the mountains way done here into southern california. that is the great california project. the result of that pumppings is an extreme decline in the environment of the delta, like san francisco bay. the salmon and other species have been diss mated by those projects. what are we to do? we take the information that's been developed over the many years and develop a comprehensive plan. one plan, which actually dates back 60 years now, is one that would take the water around the delta and bring the water down to the pumps. that was taken up by governor brown and it was called the
peripheral cafpble, around the delta, delivering water to the pumps. i represented the delta at that time. and i said governor, what you have managed to create here is the great vampire ditch. this canal was big enough to take the water from the sacramento depriving the fresh water that it needed, and deliver it to the pumps. we had another great water work. it went on the ballot and the people of people of california decided not to build that california. there it sat until the second iteration of our current governor and he decided to address this problem. now his suggestion is to instead of a canal bury it underground soy nobody could see it. he said don't worry about the canal. i said because it's not going to
be built, he said no, it's underground. two tunnels, 40 feet indictmenter, if we consider this as probably 50 feet in here , big enough to take all of the water out of the sacramento river, half of the year, creating a threat to the delta. something needs to be done, no doubt about it. by cobbling together the plans that were developed by the department of water resources and others, i put together what i call a water plan for all of california. by the way, this tunnel was priced at $25 billion and did not create one gallon of new water. not one gallon of new water. it created a threat to the delta in that it was big enough to deprive the delta of the fresh
water half of the year. i said, governor, that doesn't work. let's look at this in a serious way to create water for california's future. this proposal was put together from plans that the state agencies had developed in the past. i commend to this to look at what california's water future could be. instead of a battle royal as we fight over these tunnels and there is a new iteration of it and throwing aside most of the habitat, restoration and the environmental restoration and going for the straight tunnels and just a little bit of litigation let's create water that california will need. let's build a system that will give more water to california
while protecting the environment. a water plan for all of california. and there are the following elements. convembings, fixing the delta, which actually has to be fixed, letting science run the process rather than politics. and make sure you protect the water rights that have been in existence for more than a decade and a half. excuse me, a century and a half. so these are the principle elements. we're going to go through them one at a time and explain why if we were to spend, let's say the full $17 billion, the current cost of the tunnel that's the first bid that's not the final cost, let's say we would spend that $-- spend that $17 billion, let's allocate some of it for conservation, agricultural conservation. every agriculturalist, and i am one, in california will say, yes, but we're already conserving water. indeed we are.
and a lot of water conservation has taken place. but that much more can be done again. and shah -- and there are somewhere between three to four million acre feet of new water available simply through conservation and that does not include the urban conservation. now, understand in today's drought, conservation is on everybody's mind and in fact it's mandated by law and executive order. but we can do maybe three million acre feet of new water. that's enough for over 120,000 homes a year. per million acre feet. secondly recycling. i often say, and i think this is more or less accurate, that the fifth largest river on the west coast of the western hemisphere are the sanitation plants in southern california. whoa. what do you mean? the fifth biggest river? well, consider this. the colorado river over here
abut thing arizona and nevada -- abutting arizona and nevada, water's taken from the colorado river 200 miles into the los angeles basin. and water's taken from northern california, the sacramento river, in a canal, pumps here at the delta, in a canal 5,000 feet over the mountains, into the los angeles basin. that water is cleaned once, it's used in the los angeles basin. cleaned again in most cases to a higher standard than the day it arrives in southern california. and nearly all of it is dumped into the ocean. what? you do that? california? well we do. fortunately orange county, a bastion of conservatism, is far ahead of the rest of the state and probably the nation in water recycling. we need to do more of it. for a few million, a couple million dollars, excuse me, a couple billion dollars, we
could recycle at least a million acre feet of new water in southern california. water that's already there, water that's not being used. in northern california, the san francisco bay area for my friends in san francisco you're taking what you tell the world is the cleanest water in america right out of yosemite national park, piping it across the central valley into san francisco area, clean it, you really don't have to do much cleaning because it's already cleaned, use it once, and you pipe it a mile offshore and dump it in the ocean. recycling is necessary in every part of california. another million, perhaps more, acre feet of water could be available through recycling. so conservation recycling -- conservation, recycling three, four million acre feet, we're getting close to what california needs in the future. so where are you going to put the water? in even in the midst of a
drought? we've had heavy rain flows, no place to put the water. my colleague from northern california, the sacramento valley, we've introduced a bill to build an offstream storage reservoir d -- reservoir here on the west side of the sacramento valley. a reservoir that could hold 200 million acre feet of water, slightly less, and that water would be available when needed. it could flow down the sacramento river sweetening, pushing back the saltwater in the delta or it could be used for agricultural purposes in the sacramento valley or down in the san joaquin valley. and it also gives flexibility to the great reservoirs of shasta, the oilville reservoir on the feggetter river and the full -- feather river and the fullsome reservoir here on the sacramento river. giving flexibility to the water managers when it's needed for salmon and other species, could
you use the water out of sikes reservoir. when you need it for agriculture or for water quality in the delta, could you use it out of the reservoir. keeping the cold water in a reservoir, that's necessary for the salmon that spawn in those rivers. so, storage. offstream storage. offstream storage here just east of here. offstream storage further south down here. and the biggest offstream reservoir of all, the great aquifer of the sacramento-san joaquin valleys, the great central valley of california. arguably the second or third largest aquifer anywhere in the world, one that is now seriously overdrafted. as californians, agriculture cities and others --
agriculture, cities and others thirst for the water during the drought. this is just one part of the storage systems that are needed for the future. the other part actually exists here in southern california. out here along the coast, the west basin. the san fernando valley, the san gabriel valley. the santa anna in orange county. and as you move east into riverside and san bernardino. these are all historic aquifers that could be available to take that recycled water, put it back in the ground, pull it out, clean it and recycle and recycle and eventually these aquifers, which many of which are contaminated would be clean and available for the future. we could probably add all of the capacity of these aquifers in southern california and have greater storage capacity than the largest reservoir in the state of california which is shasta reservoir way up here in
northern california. so by using the aquifers as a storage facility and what we call con junktive water management, when you have a lot of rain, you store it. store it offstream store it below ground in the aquifers, and then when you have your dry periods, as california historically does, you can take that water out. but you cannot take out as much as currently being taken from these aquifers in california. we're seeing the collapse of the aquifers in the san joaquin valley. we're seeing the land subsiding in some places as much as a foot a year as the water's extracted. so we have to stop that and so water management becomes extremely important in the process. i want to now turn to the delta . put this delta map back up. and remind us sacramento river coming down, the san joaquin
let it flow down the deep water channel to about here, just north of rio vista, put in a single ship lock and a pump alternative one, put it in a small pipe through the delta down here to this area and then in an open channel along what is called old river take it down to the pumps. it could deliver two million acre-feet of water to the pumps at tracy most years. in this drought year, it wouldn't be possible. a second alternative is to take it down the deep water channel, 3,000 feet to the shipping lock